You Will Never See Toothpicks the Same Way After Looking at This Insane Sculpture

Scott Weaver had begun work on an insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, 35 years ago.  He continues to modify and expand upon it even today. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco. It was all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an insane amount of ingenuity. He admits (in the video below) that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and toothpicks have even been sourced from around the world:

“I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding.”

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